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Fantasy AnalysisBelfort is lined up for what has been called a "retirement fight" by many, but hanging up the gloves may not necessarily be in "The Phenom's" future. "(I will) leave the UFC, but I'll continue competing," the 40-year-old told Veja Rio, a Brazilian media outlet. There are plenty of promotions overseas that would welcome the well-known veteran, many of which have not outlawed the testosterone replacement therapy that Belfort was forced to stop using when USADA took over UFC drug testing in July 2015. Though it may be in Belfort's best interest to step away from combat sports after 39 professional fights dating back to 1996, one of MMA's most well-respected middleweights of all time doesn't appear ready just yet.
Fantasy AnalysisMoreno is coming off a strong submission victory over Dustin Ortiz in his last fight and will be looking to expand his already decent resume against a fierce competitor in Pettis. This could be Moreno's biggest engagement to date, as he will be headlining a Fight Night in his home country with the likely opportunity to become the contender for flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson's title belt.
Fantasy AnalysisPettis was supposed to fight Henry Cejudo at UFC 211 on May 13, but the fight was cancelled after Cejudo sustained a hand injury prior to the bout. Pettis is riding a three-fight win streak and will have an excellent opportunity to expand his resume during this Fight Night in Mexico City -- the bout will headline the event and the winner will likely be the next contender to take on flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson for the title.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was obviously going to be an uphill battle for Daley. His defensive wrestling and grappling will always be the weak point in his game. MacDonald never allowed the British fighter to get his offense going. On the ground, Daley defended well for a round, but it was only a matter of time until MacDonald finished via submission. This week there was tension between Daley and fellow Bellator middleweight Michael Page. The promtion will likely try to set that up as a grudge match to sell tickets in England.
Fantasy AnalysisMacDonald entered one striking exchange before shooting in for a takedown. From the top, he passed to half guard and landed some solid shots, but he never really opened up with his striking offense from the top. In the second round, MacDonald went back to the same strategy. This time, he got the takedown right into side control. The Canadian unleashed some pretty nasty elbows and short strikes. He then stepped over to the back and finished with the rear-naked choke. This was a badly needed win. After nearly taking the UFC welterweight title from Robbie Lawler in 2015, MacDonald returned and looked lost against Stephen Thompson. With this victory, he has earned a shot against Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was supposed to be a comeback fight for McGeary after he lost the promotion's light heavyweight title to Phil Davis in his last fight. However, the same issues that plagued him against Davis doomed him here. Vassell was able to take McGeary down and pass his guard at will. McGeary is known as a dangerous submission threat on the ground, but if he gives up the mount, he is virtually neutralized. Once Vassell knew he could have the mount whenever he wanted, it was only a matter of time until he stopped the fight via submission. McGeary will need to go back to the drawing board, because the Bellator light heavyweight division is suddenly loaded with quality wrestlers.
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